The 2018/19 Kent Charity Awards are now open!

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5th Annual Kent Charity Awards are now officially open!

Entries to the highly-acclaimed Kent Charity Awards are now open!  Entering their fifth year, we are delighted to announced that charities, both large and small from across the county can submit their entries and gain much deserved recognition for the incredible work they do.

The awards were won in 2018 by community charity, Children & Families, a wonderful charity which provides many services to give children and families the best opportunities in life, using both universal and targeted support.

Chairman of Judges, Susan Robinson from Kreston Reeves said, “The Judges are pleased to be involved in the Kent Charity Awards for 2018. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to say well done and THANK YOU for the hard work that often goes on under the radar. Without this sector society would be a poorer place and we need to acknowledge their positive impact. We look forward to receiving lots of entries”.

Entering the Awards is a great way for good causes to gain exposure, increase stakeholder funding and can also be great for staff morale. In an area where people often work tirelessly to help make the lives of others better, receiving extra recognition can really make a difference and be a tremendous boost.

A new Award for 2018 was presented to The Big Cat Sanctuary in Marden.  The first recipients of the Outstanding Contribution to Kent Award work to provide a future for some of the most beautiful and endangered cats in the world at their sanctuary in Kent.

The Volunteer of the Year went to Diana Hill, who has been volunteering with Victim Support for almost five and a half years. In this time, more than 200 service users were encouraged and enabled by her to gain resilience and get their lives back on track following the devastating impacts of crime.  Kerry Millett was Trustee of the Year for the work she did in setting up the Broadstairs Town Team volunteer-led initiative.

The Kent Charity Awards recognise the difficulties faced by charities in getting their message heard and raising funds and also the incredibly valuable contributions made by trustees, both are a vital asset to any charity and work tirelessly for their organisation.  Full details on how you can nominate someone for these exciting categories can be found at

The Kent Charity Awards were founded by Jo Hage and Sarah MacDonald of Rise Communications.  As event managers for several key business awards across the county they realised there wasn’t a single, countywide award scheme aimed at the third sector and wanted to do something to honour the commitment and hard work charities and voluntary groups do across Kent


In 2018-19 the Award categories are:

Children’s Charity of the Year

Animal Welfare and Wildlife Charity of the Year

Environmental Project

Start Up Charity of the Year (established between 1-3 years)

Disability Charity of the Year (incl. mental health)

Care Charity of the Year

Community Charity of the Year

Best Use of Volunteers

Overall Winner

Trustee of the Year

Volunteer of the Year


On winning the 2018 Kent Charity Awards, Ian Townsend-Blazier from Children and Families said, “When we applied to be part of the Kent Charity Awards we never imagined we would end up being the Overall Winner, we never doubted the good work we do and the difference we make to those we see and work with, but as a charity we are quite small in stature, but have a big heart to make a difference across the county. So we would fully recommend all charities applying to be part of the Kent Charity Awards, you have nothing to lose, only everything to gain.

This year has been great for us in so many ways, we have been able to raise awareness of our charity and the great work we do in many new forms such as radio interviews, online interviews, magazine articles, etc. We have also used our success to help leverage additional funding for new and existing projects, and we have seen an increase in the number of volunteers supporting us, so it’s been fantastic!”

The Kent Charity Awards are sponsored by: The KM Media Group, Kreston Reeves Furley Page, Kent County Council, Medway Council, MidKent College, Diggerland, CC Works, Kent Community Foundation, CAF Bank, Southern Water and Arriva.

The awards are free to enter and entries will be profiled in the KM Media Group newspapers across the whole region.  Deadline for entries is April 2019 and the judges will then choose the finalists to attend a glittering Gala Awards evening to be held in June 2019 at the Lees Cliff Hall in Folkestone

The sponsors and judges are looking forward to receiving previous and new entrants in to this year’s awards.  If you think that your good cause deserves recognition fill in the entry form at

To discuss your entry please email or or call 01622 239303